17 Great Lettering Artists to Check Out

auberge script, by Ale Paul

There are a lot of lettering artists out there with different styles. Everyone has their own way of creating type. Often it begins with drawing and sketching some glyphs on paper, and then copying from famous designers until finding a unique style. And it takes a lot of time and practice to become a real penman, something many of the designers I have interviewed at Typostrate have confirmed.

Out of the 17 designers featured here: Ale Paul is inventing new typefaces out of his hand lettering, which is a difficult process making all the single characters fit each other. Hand lettering is also big with Neil Secretario, Mauro Andrés, Alex Trochut… Then there is Dana Tanamachi who loves designing with chalk on blackboards, Dominique Falla who uses thread and Yulia Brodskaya paper. One of the most revolutionary of the group is Stefan Sagmeister, applying all types of techniques to create provocative typography.

Above: Inspired by 17th-century calligraphists, Ale Paul has produced this beautiful typeface called “Auberge Script.”
brush script collection by Neil secretario
Lettering part of the “Brush Script Collection No. 5” by Neil Secretario.
yellow and black lettering by Mauro Andrés
Some of Mauro Andrés’ personal type collections are on sale at Behance.
forget regret, lettering by Stefan Sagmeister
Master designer Sagmeister collaborates with Jessica Walsh on this amazing advertising campaign for Aïzone.
lettering by Erik Marinovich
Erik Marinovich is absolutely correct: the journey is everything!
bike lettering by Alex Trochut
Dynamic, always fascinating is the work of Alex Trochut.
handwriting by David Milan
Fame and California are hot topics for David Milan.
It doesn’t spell anything out, but the letter O is elegantly made with paper by Yulia Brodskaya.
It doesn’t spell anything out, but the letter O is elegantly made with paper by Yulia Brodskaya.
lost paradise by Andrei Robu
Well-known designer Andrei Robu has an incredibly versatile portfolio.
lettering by Jessica Hische
Jessica Hische’s lettering adapted for a Starbucks campaign, and the word “Krai” titles Olga Bell’s 2014 album.
official letterhead by Ran Hamrick
A self-promotional piece by Ryan Hamrick.
lettering by João Neves
Fun messages done the freehand way by graphic designer João Neves.
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The devilish coloring is a perfect fit for “The Hellfire Club,” conceived by Seb Lester.
lettering by Mats Ottdal
Various type experiments by Mats Ottdal.
sewn lettering by dominique falla
A university lecturer and designer, Dominique Falla has done extensive research in tactile typography.
lettering by André Beato
André Beato specializes in vector-based graphics, illustrated typography.
lettering by Dana Tanamachi
From book covers to chalkboards, Dana Tanamachi has created all sorts of cool lettering for big brands.
Images © respective designers.
Christian Goldemann

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Christian is a Senior Art Director and typography nerd from Stuttgart, Germany. He is also founder of Typostrate, a site launched in 2011 with the goal of creating a diary of type. The project’s mission is to spread the love and power of typography to as many people as possible around the world.

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January 22, 2016 Design Typography